Guest Winterwish Posted August 3, 2008 Share Posted August 3, 2008 (edited) I just want to mention about medications and giving the least dose possible. After seeing several posts of folks giving their dogs pepcid,sometimes for long,long periods,I just want ed to touch on the fact that no matter how harmless a medication may seem,or is,they still have adverse effects. For example,Pepcid can and does cause headaches as a side effect after porlonged use. Of course a dog would not be able to say that tho'. Other side effects that are not rare at all,are vertigo,malaise,diarrhea,and poor appatite. Now,this is what the side effects are for people- but just because the dog can't say these things,or symptoms,does not mean they may not have them. We don't really know actually if a dog has or even gets a headache...but why not? It can also cause musculoskelatal pain,but who can tell? Again-- maybe these things don't affect a dog at all,but as I see more and more posts saying to give pepcid- even 20 mg. twice a day- something tyou may want to consider. And some things actually can be calcaulated, pepcid can cause an increased BUN and creat. for ex. Not saying pepcid is at all some big dangerous drug! Just something to mention. And that most meds,particularly meds for for symptoms as opposed to a clearly defined disease, should be given if at all,in the least dose possible. Pepcid is hard to split,I remember putting it in the pill chopper and it'll shoot across the room! The one time I gave it,I ended up just biting it in half,so I gave 5 mg. twice a day,and that for only about 4 days and that was it. Didn't see or *could not see a reason to give a high dose. This goes also for actual prescribed canine meds,like metacam-- same thing. If the highest dose is working,see how pup does on slowly bringing that dose down. Not all meds work like that tho'! Obviously thyroid medication and such. Well,off to work.... Edited August 4, 2008 by Winterwish Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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